The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published: February 7th, 2017 by Marvel Press
Review Copy: Purchased
Description From Goodreads:
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although often viewed as a joke, Squirrel Girl is easily one of Marvel's characters simply because of how fun she is. With that said, when I heard she'd be getting her own YA novel, I was thrilled and pre-ordered it immediately and I'm so glad that I did. What both Shannon & Dean have managed to craft here is a fun book. It's hard not to smile as you read along. The tone is light, as is expected in a Squirrel Girl story, and yet totally captivating.
For me, Squirrel Girl is one of those characters that deserves more love from readers, and this book proves exactly why -- she goes against the norm. Not only is she a girl with a squirrel tail (and teeth) as well as the abilities to match it, but she's also an optimistic hero.
Sure, the story is predictable at times. However, this is a middle grade novel, so that's to be expected. And yet, even though the entire villain plot-line in this book is predictable, it's such a fun part of the book. The villain is over the top and beyond stereotypical, but it works in this case, because he's the opposite of Squirrel Girl. Seeing the two of them go at it, struggling to understand one another? It's just fun to read.
With Shannon Hale having already confirmed a sequel, I can't wait to see what else they have in store for Doreen and Tippy Toe.
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